Tuen Mun Ferry Pier

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Tuen Mun Ferry Pier
Tuen Mun Ferry Pier.JPG
The Tuen Mun Ferry Pier during its expansion
Official name Tuen Mun Ferry Pier
Type Passenger Boarding Pier
Carries Public Passenger Ferries
Spans A small part of Castle Peak Bay
Locale Tuen Mun
Tuen Mun Ferry Pier in Jan 2007.

Tuen Mun Ferry Pier (屯門碼頭), or Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal, is a public pier located in the southern area of Tuen Mun, Hong Kong.[1]

Tuen Mun Ferry Pier, Tuen Mun Pier Head, and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier Stop (MTR Light Rail) refer to the street-level transportation hub that is adjacent to the pier and consists of a light rail terminus and a bus terminus. The Ocean Walk shopping centre, above the transportation hub, is managed by MTR Corporation.[2] Pierhead Garden is the private housing estate above the shopping centre and transportation hub.[3]

Before the extensive improvement of the road network during the late 1990s and 2000s, the traffic congestion on the overloaded Tuen Mun Road was unbearable so expansion on this road was needed. During this period, ferry service at this pier was used as an alternative for traffic to and from Central on Hong Kong Island.

Ferry transport[edit]

Service to Lantau Island[edit]

Ferry service to Lantau Island (Tung Chung New Development Ferry Pier, Tai O, Sha Lo Wan) is provided by Fortune Ferry with seven daily services to Tung Chung (four to Tai O and Sha Lo Wan on Mondays to Saturdays, five on Sundays or public holidays).[4]

Service to Macau and pier expansion[edit]

The route connecting Macau's Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier operated by Hong Kong North West Express Ltd. was launched on 15 April 2011. Four connections are scheduled daily and each ferry can accommodate up to 278 passengers. The Maritime Administration of Macau has granted a 10-year ferry operation licence to North West Express.[5]

In December 2003, plans for ferry service from Tuen Mun Ferry Pier to Macau began to surface.[6] However, in order for this service to begin, expansion of the pier was required which involved converting it from one storey to two storeys, and repainting.

The application of ferry services between Macau and Tuen Mun was rejected by authorities in Macau in September 2006, citing technical and safety concerns. But on 13 January 2011, Hong Kong North West Express Ltd. has been formally issued the licenses to operate regular passenger ferries between Macau’s Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and the pier of Tuen Mun, yet, the Port Authority of Macau stressed in the press statement that the company must first pass a series of reviews and tests according to international standards before the new route can become operational.[7]

TurboJet started operating 4 sailings to and from Tuen Mun Pier to Macau on January 28 2016.[8]

Service to mainland China[edit]

Zhuhai[edit]

The ferry service, operated by Hong Kong North West Express Limited (HKNWEL), to Jiuzhou Port of Zhuhai in mainland China commenced on 3 November 2006 with 4 services per day. Ferries depart from Tuen Mun at 7:45am and 10:15am. Return journeys depart Zhuhai at 9:00am and 8:45pm. The journey time is usually around 40 minutes, which is 30 minutes less than from the usual Tsim Sha Tsui or Sheung Wan services.

A one-way ticket to Zhuhai was HK$160, while a return ticket is HK$145.

On 10 October 2007, HKNWEL announced that the Zhuhai service has ceased operation until further notice.

Shekou[edit]

Ferry service to Shekou is currently suspended.

Shenzhen[edit]

Shenzhen Airport operated by TurboJet

Light Rail[edit]

Tuen Mun Ferry Pier Stop (Chinese: 屯門碼頭站) is the name given to the southern terminus of MTR Light Rail. It is in Zone 1 for single-ride ticket.

The stop consists of 7 platforms, which contains 6 Light Rail routes and a termination platform. It also includes the customer services centre opening from 7:30 to 21:00. The centre is the only Light Rail customer services centre to sell Intercity Through Train tickets from Kowloon (Hung Hom) to mainland China destinations of Guangzhou, Zhaoqing, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.

Light Rail routes

Bus transport[edit]

KMB routes[edit]

  • 59A - Tuen Mun Pier Head ↔︎ Kwai Chung (Kwai Fong Estate) - Peak Service only
  • 59M - Tuen Mun Pier Head ↔︎ Tsuen Wan Station
  • 59X - Tuen Mun Pier Head ↔︎ Mong Kok East Station
  • 259B - Tuen Mun Pier Head → Tsim Sha Tsui (Middle Road) - Morning Peak Service only
  • N260 - Tuen Mun Pier Head ↔︎ Mei Foo - overnight service

MTR bus routes[edit]

Citybus routes[edit]

Related developments[edit]

Pierhead Garden[edit]

Pierhead Garden is a private housing estate which consists of 6 towers, a swimming pool and a playground. It is built on the 2nd floor balcony above the mall and the transit hub.

Ocean Walk[edit]

Formerly called Pierhead Plaza, Ocean Walk is a shopping arcade with two seafood restaurants, one fast food restaurant, one supermarket and two health and cosmetic shops. It was extensively renovated between Spring 2005 and early summer of 2006, at which point it was renamed Ocean Walk, chosen from 80 entries in a naming competition held among KCR Corporation staff.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 22°22′20″N 113°57′58″E / 22.37222°N 113.96611°E / 22.37222; 113.96611